Should Chris Benoit be in the WWE Hall of Fame?
TodaysKnockout.com – Only the best of the best get inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame. Wrestlers who not only had storied careers, but also had an impact on the industry as a whole.
Many would argue Chris Benoit authored that sort of career – one that merits eternal enshrinement in the most honorable way professional wrestling knows how.
But many also find it difficult to forget what lasting legacy Benoit carried upon leaving this world behind. Taking the life of his wife and 7-year-old son before committing suicide in his home, Benoit is arguably one of the most controversial wrestlers in the history of the industry.
About a decade after the incident, some continue to go back and forth on whether Benoit should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. It’s a question former WWE commentator Jim Ross feels only Benoit is able to answer, though.
“Old question with the same answer,” Ross wrote in a recent blog. “If Chris could chime in I feel that he would not want to be inducted due to it becoming a distraction and all about the final days of his life and not about his in ring contributions.”
Benoit first gained popularity during his time in WCW, winning the company’s World Heavyweight Championship once. He was later moved under the WWE brand once Vince McMahon bought out his former employer, earning WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship once as well.
WWE hasn’t completely cut ties with recollection of his time with the company, hosting many of his matches on the WWE Network.
There is only one acceptable answer to this question and it is a resounding, “NO”! Chris Benoit had an amazing career and time tends to heal all wounds, but not in this case. Sick or not, Benoit savagely murdered his family and great wrestler or not, it is the only thing history will remember him for.
I think WWE has handled this one perfectly. Don’t erase him from the shows her performed on, leave them on the Network, but don’t advertise him either. Maybe one day we’ll all be able to watch the amazing work of Benoit without thinking about his horrible actions, today is not that day. I’m not sure if that day will come in our lifetime either.